The Living Age Volume 151

The Living Age Volume 151

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...men at sea, they row with magic quickness. The alleged rate of their rapidity is clearly the poetical conception of their power as sailors and terrible heroes of the creeks. Each one of them, in accordance with his bodily shape, must have his specially prepared skin--that is, coat of mail--in order to be ready for the viking path. There is nothing here of the swimming and dipping down of a seal. Thus the tale of the charm-strong sea people of the Finns would resolve itself into a mythic echo from a forgotten historical past. An Indian tale of gods and heroes may here serve for a comparison. As, in Shetland, we hear of seals and sea monsters, who yet are men; so the Ramayana speaks of a "godlike ape," called Hanuman, who came to the aid of the sun-descended Aryan hero, Rama, with a helpful army of monkeys, in the war against Havana; springing in a single jump from The writer uses this word here, not in the strict sense of natural history, but in the more popular sense of marine animals in general. t Connected with the German Wurf; from werfen, to throw, to thrust, to make a stroke. India to Lanka, or Ceylon. Hanuman, at the same time a superior being and a beast, was, no doubt, a chieftain of Drawidian aborigines. To the clear-skinned, fair-haired, clear-eyed "solar race" of the conquerors from central Asia, the dark natives seemed to be of monkey-like formation in face and body. They may still be seen in that shape on ancient Indian temple sculptures. Nevertheless, the aid of a host of natives was of such high value for the Aryan sons of the sun, that Hanuman was received into the Hindoo pantheon, though as an ape. His human character, however, appears from the epic poem, Ramayana, itself. For there he is called...show more

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  • Paperback | 650 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,143g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236821963
  • 9781236821966